Monday, 8 October 2012

Early Hibernation

The Tifosi- The all year round bike.
Today I put the Felt into early hibernation.....
I don't normally pack it away for about another month, but with the bad weather we are currently having (and seem to have had all year) I have removed the wheels and zipped everything away in the bike and wheel bags that are reserved especially for it. 

I have mentioned on this blog before, how the Felt is my 'fine weather only' bike.  
This year I have only ridden about 1,000 miles on it mainly due to the wet weather that seems to have blighted most of the year. 
I have completed just under a further 1,000 miles on my touring bike and everything else has been ridden on the Tifosi.. 

The Tifosi really has proved to be a good all year round bike....
I use it for most of my training and social rides and this year it was also my bike of choice for the Edinburgh to Portsmouth ride that I rode with JD. 
Apart from the frame everything else on the bike has been changed to suit my own taste and preference and I get so much enjoyment from riding it.....

Although I describe it as an all year round bike I always feel that at this time of the year it really comes into it's own....even the honey coloured saddle and bar tape seems to blend in so well with the colour of the autumn leaves as I zip along the Dorset lanes......
Yes...Autumn is the Tifosi's time of year.

On the past couple of rides I have to admit to being just a little chilly on the bike so I have also sorted out some of my warmer cycling kit including winter style tights and long sleeved jerseys...
I have even dug out the skull cap that fits under my helmet to keep my head warm, although I must admit that it does need to be really very cold  before I can wear that for an entire ride. 

Now that I have packed the summer bike away and sorted the winter kit,  I wouldn't be surprised if we have a nice dry autumn spell in a week or two's time.!!

8 comments:

Kaleb K said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who tries to rides bikes per the season. Granted I don't have a winter bike as someone doesn't agree with my purchasing a Pugsley.

However my seasons are the opposite, I'm leaving the chilly rain for the summer. I plan on getting some overnight camping action in this season.

mark shaw said...

Its forcast being 90 degrees next week ha ha

Trevor said...

*Kaleb K*
It's always good to find out that you are not the only one doing something that others might think of as unusual Kaleb Lol.
I'm hoping to get out in a few weeks time for a spot of camping...weather here though will probably be below freezing overnight...

*mark shaw*
We can live in hope Mark....A nice dry spell of weather would certainly be nice...

John Romeo Alpha said...

The Tifosi appears to have morphed into a pleasant and well-mannered beast. It's almost as if you look forward to the poor weather, and I know that feeling!

braddos72 said...

It feels too early to be hibernating the Sunday best but i guess the seasons dictate :-(

Trevor said...

*JRA*
It's odd isn' it. The Tifosi, although nowhere near the price of the Felt, is such a nice bike to ride. As you say, it's almost as if I look forward to the dodgy weather just to give me the excuse to ride it...

*braddos72*
The past few years it's been between early November and mid December before I have packed the Felt away until the Spring...
As you say the seasons dictate, but those seasons don't seem to be as defined as they used to be...

Steve A said...

I wish I had my own all-weather bike with me. It's raining...

Trevor said...

*Steve A*
Riding in the rain really sucks whatever anyone says.....